The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. During "The Apology," what does Socrates say about politicians and poets?

2. How old was Socrates at the time of his trial?

3. According to Tarrant, this version of the Socratic dialogues is unique in what way?

4. Who was prosecuting Socrates?

5. Who was Xenophon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are Apollo and Artemis?

2. According to the introductory chapter, why have the notes been included with the text of the Socratic dialogues?

3. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

4. What is "epistemology"?

5. By whom, and for whom, has this edition of "The Last Days of Socrates" been prepared?

6. What charges are being brought against Socrates, and by whom?

7. What evidence does Euthyphro use to support his decision?

8. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

9. Why is Euthyphro at the courthouse when Socrates is there?

10. What does Tarrant say about Socrates' participation in the battle at Thrace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is Meletus? Why did he choose to prosecute Socrates? What evidence did his use as a basis for his prosecution? Why did he seek the death penalty for Socrates? Was he acting on behalf of the Athenian government? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Socrates refuses to leave Athens and escape his punishment because he felt that it was just to stay. Do you agree? Would it have been better for Socrates to have fled Athens? Why or why not? What do you think you would do in this situation? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

One of the reasons for Socrates' conviction was his "daemon". What was it? How did it affect Socrates? Why was it such an important part of his trial and conviction? What would happen if such evidence was presented at a modern-day trial? Do you think Socrates believed that he had a "daemon"? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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